Collaborate • Design • Inspire • Repeat
I am driven to unlock planetary science mission potential through bold and innovative new approaches to space technology challenges. In my role as founder of Planet Enterprises I foster a culture that both incubates innovative new ideas and expands what is considered possible. By leveraging manufacturing experience, I ensure a smooth path forward for our mission customers. I take a personal interest in every aspect of mission concepting and technology development, from design and documentation to fabrication and validation.
I entered the aerospace arena in 2008 and took advantage of opportunities for learning and advancement immediately, entering college as a welding student that same year and becoming a team lead in 2012 and an apprentice in 2013. The industry was in the middle of a rapid knowledge transfer and I was in a unique position to quickly enhance my skills by learning and teaching at the same time (the Feynman technique at work). I was soon supporting aircraft built in the 50s with spare parts, while working with engineers to modify experimental parts for planes that haven’t yet flown – all in the same shift.
When I’m not working, I tend to focus on interesting mechanical things – 3D printers, bicycles, Saab cars, and my teardrop trailer (with its leaky gullwing doors). These hobbies help me explore the relationship between humans and their technology, which becomes life and death when we leave Earth. Saabs are the longest-running hobby for me, and perhaps the most inspirational: Saab engineers couldn’t help but design interesting and innovative cars as they shifted their focus from aircraft to automobiles after World War II. I am inspired their passion and dedication to innovation – even at the expense of a profitable product, in some cases. I share a passion for problem solving with those old Saab engineers, and looking to the past for inspirational ideas to drive the future is what gives me my unique design perspective.
June 2020 - Current
Develop and mature novel robotic space mission concepts from conception to validation and prototyping. Responsible for every aspect of mission concepting, including: design, development, documentation, fabrication, and iteration. Coordinate with NASA and potential mission customers in order to maximize viability and science value.
Dec. 2016 - June 2020
Fabrication of detail parts and assemblies to support production or airline AOG/Critical spares requirements. Development and fabrication of complex temporary shop aid templates and tools when prints, templates or tools are not available. Includes the regular use of obsolete blueprints, advanced shop math, trigonometry, descriptive geometry (layout and lofting), geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T), and computer aided design (CAD).
Jan. 2013 - Dec. 2016
Fabrication and assembly of detail parts and assemblies, including parts mating to lofted surfaces with compound contour, and experimental / emergent parts.
Frequent use of CATIA and engineering drawings to extract information for production use: plotting complex layouts for lofted parts, flat pattern development, hydroblock and shop aid development.
Demonstrated leadership qualities even as an apprentice, always assisting other team members in the development of their CATIA, CAD, lofting and print reading skills whenever possible.
Performing layout using 5 axis CMM, Romer and Faro Arms, Laser Trackers, and surface table layout.
Programming and machining of parts and shop aids on CNC 3 and 5 axis milling machines.
Repair and rework of major components at a certified FAA repair station.
Plating processing: setup, striking, plating and inspection of plated parts.
Hand layup, tool prep, bagging and machining of composite components.
Attended Boeing Trade Related Supplemental Instruction (RSI) classes after work, focusing on: Mathematics, including trigonometry, shop problems and compound angles; metallurgy, properties of materials and heat treat; shop safety and machine shop practices; precision measuring, Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) and Composite Materials and Technology.
August 2020 - June 2022
ABET Accredited Mechanical Engineering Bachelors in Science program at Washington State University's Bremerton Campus. More information about this program can be found at:
Associate in Science
Sept. 2017 - June 2020
Utilize engineering problem solving techniques to model scenarios and perform analysis with hand calculations, as well as complex analysis with the aid of computer algebra systems such as MATLAB and Wolfram Mathematica. Preparation for transfer to a four-year mechanical engineering program with junior standing.
Associate in Arts
Sept. 2015 - Aug 2017
Advanced Mathematics including: Algebra; Trigonometry; Differential, Integral, Vector and Multivariable Calculus; Linear Algebra, Discrete Mathematics, and Differential Equations; Basic Physics and Chemistry. Other topics covered include: Technical Writing, English Composition, Advanced Computing, Hand Drafting, Computer Aided Design, and Technical Analysis Reports.
Associate in Technical Arts, Welding Tech.
Sept. 2008 - Aug 2012
Precision layout and metal cutting, creating and interpreting Engineering Drawings, experience performing and inspecting welding operations on ferrous and non-ferrous metals (including Aluminum and Titanium). Familiar with metallurgy of welds, heat treatment and stress relief procedures of steel, aluminum and titanium alloys, micrograph inspection and non destructive testing. Experience with setting machine parameters and proper equipment setup. Communications and Human Relations training with a focus on building successful professional relationships.